Repent and Believe the Gospel!

Jesus said,"The time is fullfilled and the Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the Gospel"
The Gospel is that the Word of God became a man; Jesus, the only begotten of the Father, the Son of God, full of grace and truth, and lived in this world with every temptation that you and I face, and yet He never sinned and He gave himself to die on the cross and shed His blood for our sins. God made Him who knew no sin to become sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. He was buried in a tomb, and on the third day the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of above 500 witnesses after He arose and He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. He is there right now, alive, making intercession on our behalf to the Father. He is coming again with all the saints and all the angels in great power and glory and all who live and believe in him will be united with him and thus will we ever be with the Lord. I urge you to seek Him now, during this time while the long suffering of God is waiting, for the Day of the Lord is coming soon. He loves you and He will save you to the utter most if you will put your trust in Him.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

 You Will Not Surely Die

Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: Mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied. Immediately as I was starting this program, I had a tongue and interpretation from the Lord. Following is the interpretation thereof:

I am God Almighty. All of you who are listening to My servant Rob this day: humble yourselves; humble yourselves before the living God. Consider these words that he is about to speak, for I have sent him; I have ordained him as a pastor, and as a feeder of My sheep, and I have sent him to speak to you. I want you to take these words very seriously, says the Lord, for I love you, and I have sent him to warn you. Now listen carefully to what he has to say, says the Lord, for I have given him these words for you, says the Lord, Amen.

Today we’re going to talk about You Will Not Surely Die. Let’s turn to Gen 2:15-17, 

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. Gen 3:1-24, Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. Then the serpent said to the woman, You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.  What did God tell Adam in the Garden of Eden?: Of every tree of the Garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you may not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. What did Satan tell Eve?: You will not surely die. What happened to Adam and Eve when they believed the lie and ate of the tree in disobedience to God? They brought curses upon themselves and they died spiritually. They were thrust out of the Garden of Eden, away from the tree of life, from which God had said they could freely eat, and they lost access to eternal life. They surely did die. 

Let’s turn to John 3:16-21, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God. Now let’s turn to Rom 8:1-8, There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Verse 12-17, Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; remember: Satan said, You will not surely die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. 2 Thess 2:9-12, The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, speaking of the AntiChrist, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. What is the lie?: You will not surely die. 

Let’s turn to 1 John 1:1-10,  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  The Church today is full of darkness. Gross darkness covers the people. So many people are not loving the truth, but having pleasure in unrighteousness. Many are lovers of self, lovers of money, and lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God. We are living in perilous times. When a church is in darkness , there is no fellowship with the Father or with His Son. Jesus is not there. And there is no true fellowship with one another. In many of these churches they worship in darkness; they worship the Lord in vain. Jesus said, This people honors Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me. In vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. These very doctrines, the doctrines of false grace, say, You will not surely die. You’re under grace. All your sins are forgiven, past, present and future. No one goes to hell for what they do. When you tell someone that all their future sins are forgiven, you are telling them that they can practice sin and not die. You will not surely die. If we say that we have fellowship with Jesus and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and with the Father, and with His Son, and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. You say, How do I know if there is darkness in my church? In Isa 8:20 it is written, If they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them. Are they truly speaking according to the Scriptures? Where two or three are gathered together in my name, Jesus said, there am I in their midst. In my name means in the light of who He is and what He spoke. It means you belong to Him. Our fellowship is in Him; in the light. We cannot fellowship with darkness. Where two or three are gathered together in darkness, Jesus is not there.  The Holy Spirit is not there because He is the Spirit of truth. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. Where there is darkness, where there are lies, He is not there and there is bondage. This is the whole problem in the Church. If you are somehow thinking you’re ok , while you continue in sin, because you’re “under grace”, you are walking in darkness, and that darkness has blinded your eyes. If you will humble yourself and come into the light and repent of your sins, you will be forgiven; the Blood of Jesus will cleanse you, and you can walk on in the light, in fellowship with the Father and with His Son and with your true brothers and sisters in Christ. The Scripture says, Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. It’s all about your heart. Will you love God and come to Him, or will you love your evil deeds and continue in darkness so they won’t be exposed? Don’t fool yourself. Someday all our works are going to be exposed, as we stand before Jesus our judge, and He has promised that He is going to give unto everyone of us according to our works. On that day there will be great rejoicing and great weeping and gnashing of teeth. The Books will be opened. Everything is in the Books, except those deeds that have been cleansed by the precious Blood of the Lamb, and we will all be judged according to what is written in those Books. Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 

The Truth:

Mat 7:21-23, Jesus said, Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! Verses 24&25, Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, ( the truth), and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. He who does the truth shall live forever.  Mat 7:13&14, Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. The way to eternal life is not easy. Don’t let anyone deceive you. It is narrow and difficult. There will be suffering, and we must continue in Jesus’ Words, doing them every day, denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Him; being led by the Holy Spirit, loving the truth and being delivered from the evil, being conformed more and more to His image, on the road to holiness. Isa 35:8-10,  A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 

Saturday, March 18, 2023

 A Carpenter’s Song

If God were a carpenter,

And you were a rich man,

Would you love Him anyway?

Would you give Him your hand?

If God were a baby,

And you were a wise man,

Would you worship Him anyway?

Would you bow before Him?

And He will reign forever more.

Every knee will bow down before Him.

He hung on a tree that day,

In pain and sorrow.

He prayed for me that day,

And bought my tomorrow.

God was a carpenter.

He was a baby.

He is the Son of Man:

The One who saved me.

And He will reign forever more.

Every knee will bow down before Him.

Yes, He will reign forever more.

Every Knee will bow down before Him.

I hung on a tree that day,

In pain and sorrow.

I prayed for you that day,

And bought your tomorrow.

I endured the Cross,

Despising the shame,

For the joy set before Me.

I endured the Cross,

Despising the shame,

For the joy set before Me.

Interpretation of a message in tongues:

I am God Almighty. You who are listening to my servant Rob this day: humble yourselves before your God. I am coming, says the Lord Jesus; I am coming. I suffered for you; I died for you. I bore your sins in My Body on that Cross, says the Lord. Now, humble yourself before Me and receive My grace: the gift of My righteousness through faith in My shed Blood, says the Lord. Look up! Look up My children!, for I am coming soon. Be ready to meet Me: prepare yourselves; humble yourselves; turn from every wicked way, and turn to Me with all your heart, and I will receive you unto Myself when I come, says the Lord.

Greetings in the name of Jesus. This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Today we’re talking about A Carpenter’s Song: what Jesus did for me, and what He did for you on the Cross at Calvary. Let’s turn to Philippians chapter two. The song you just heard: The Carpenter’s Song, is really based on this scripture, Php 2:5-11, Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. He became a carpenter. He did not become a governor. He did not become a CEO of a corporation. He did not become a famous man: He made Himself of no reputation. Of course, He was famous later, after His ministry got going. But before that, He was just a carpenter.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on Earth, and of those under the Earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Is this mind in you?    Is this how you think?     Is this how you are walking?

Are you humbling yourself?      Are you willing to be of no reputation?     Are you someone who is well known?    Are you a famous preacher; a famous musician?      

Are you an important person, so to speak?     Will you humble yourself and take upon yourself the form of a slave, a servant, a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ?   And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.  Let’s look at the death of the Cross. This is where Jesus humbled Himself, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and became obedient. Luke 22:39-46, Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, Pray that you may not enter into temptation. And He was withdrawn from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done. Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. 

Then He said to them, Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

Let’s read it in Mat 26:36-42, Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, Sit here while I go and pray over there. And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 

Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me. He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. That’s why we need to pray, always. Jesus overcame in the Garden of Gethsemane as He prayed. As He prayed, He travailed to overcome His own flesh; His soul: He pleaded with the Father to take the cup from Him. He knew what was in that cup. Nevertheless, He said, not My will, but yours be done. Jesus overcame His own soul and flesh to obey the Father and go to the Cross for us, even though He had done nothing wrong. When He stood before the governor, after questioning Him, Pilate said, I find no fault in this man. Then when the Pharisees and the people cried out, Crucify Him! Crucify Him!, Pilate said, Why? What evil has He done? Then he tried to release Him, but the voices of the people prevailed. Why? Because it was the will of the Father for Jesus to drink that cup;

Because He loved us that much.          He loves you that much:     that He would give His only beloved Son, in whom was no evil found; no fault, to become the spotless Lamb of God; to be offered on your behalf; to take away our sins; to give us His righteousness: the exceeding riches of His grace toward us, who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own Blood. 

This is not a religious story.  This happened, that day, on the Cross at Calvary. All our sins were laid upon Jesus, as He suffered unimaginable torment and pain, and took the penalty upon Himself for our sins. He literally, on that day, on that Cross, became sin for us, and saved us from our sins, imparting His righteousness to all of us who would believe in Him; believe what He did, repenting and coming to Him; confessing Him Lord and believing that He rose from the dead the third day. Jesus died on that Cross for our sins; He died for our sins and He was buried in the tomb, but on the third day, He arose from the dead! The penalty was paid! And we who would believe were justified from all things from which we could not be justified by the law of Moses, or by any religious practice.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love Him and serve Him with all our heart, and we ought to love one another. He hung on a tree that day, in pain and sorrow; He prayed for me and for you that day, and bought our tomorrow. He endured the Cross, despising the shame, for the joy that was set before Him.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

 Preach The Word

Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who love Him in truth: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love be multiplied. Today we’re going to talk about: Preach The Word. Let’s turn to 2 Tim 4:1-5,  Here the Apostle Paul was writing to Timothy, his son in the faith, and said, I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  I have a question for all of you that are preaching the Word of God, or, all of you that have been called, and you know you’ve been called to preach the Word, I’m talking to you today by the Holy Spirit. God has given me a message for you. So that’s who I’m speaking to: young men, or older men; you know you’ve been called, God is speaking to you through me today, if you can receive it. Just humble yourself and listen to what He has to say out of my mouth to you. What does God want you to do? How do you fulfill your ministry? Preach the Word! Be ready, in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. 

Those that will not endure sound doctrine; those who love darkness, heap to themselves false prophets and give them large money to make them feel good; to rub those itching ears, as they move away from the truth to their own destruction. They rub the ears, and they deceive the hearts. What a contrast to Jesus, who said, Those whom I love I rebuke and chasten, be zealous therefore and repent! Isa 30:9-11, … this is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the Lord; who say to the seers, "Do not see," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits. Get out of the way, turn aside from the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us." This is why those of us who are sent by the Lord must preach the Word; reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. Those that the Lord loves He rebukes and chastens, that they might repent and be converted and He might heal them. You men of God, who love Him and love His people, be strong and very courageous: Preach the Word! Titus 2:11-15, For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Heb 2:3&4, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? According to His own will God will bear witness to His Word. The Lord told me years ago that He confirms His Word, spoken by His Spirit, with signs following. Are you speaking His Word by the Holy Spirit? Jesus said, The Words that I speak, they are Spirit and they are life. In Acts chapter 6 the Scripture says, The Word of God increased and great signs and wonders were done among the people. In Acts 19, many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all…so mightily grew the Word of God and prevailed. A true move of God is always with the preaching of His Word, with the power of the Holy Spirit convincing of sin , righteousness and judgment. Rom 10:15, And how shall they preach except they be sent?, as in Acts 13, when the Holy Spirit said, “Separate unto Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to.” And also faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Jesus said, I only say what I hear My Father saying. He said, It’s the Father in Me doing the works. He said concerning His disciples, in prayer to His Father, I have given them the Words that you have given Me. We don’t preach our own words. We preach the Words of God, from God, by the Holy Spirit, and they are life to those who can receive them, as He has sent us.

Be a true man of God. First be a man. Ask God to make you a man. I just want to give a testimony here: That was one of my prayers. Several years ago I started praying and asking God to make me a man. I knew that I was weak; I was wormy: I had been bound all my life, and I started praying and asking Him to make me a man. And He has done it, as much as He has; I’m much more of a man than I was when I started. God will do it! If you’re serious, He will do it! So ask God to make you a man: a man who is faithful in all that He has given him. Then be a true preacher: a minister of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, not of men, but of God. You don’t need to go to Bible school and learn all kinds of doctrines of men. You don’t need to be ordained or approved of men. You don’t need to be sent by men. You need to humble yourself before your Lord and Savior and repent and turn from all your wicked ways: your pride; your selfish ambition; your involvement with witchcraft and the occult; your love of self, love of money, and love of pleasure; whatever He shows you: repent! Get it out of your life! Get rid of every occult, accursed thing, every idol, and separate yourself from all defiling of the flesh and spirit. Fast and pray and ask the Lord to baptize you fully with His Holy Spirit. He is the teacher. Take your Bible and ask the Lord to teach you His Word. Lay down everything you think you already know and let the Holy Spirit lead you into all truth. 1 John 2:27,  But the anointing which you have received from Him ( the Holy Spirit ) abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. If you abide in Me, Jesus said, and My Words abide in you, you shall bear much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing. Jesus is in you, and He is with you by the Holy Spirit. 

Keep doing this. First be sure you are fully baptized in the Holy Spirit, as He is your guide into all truth, with evidence in speaking in other tongues, as it was in the early church. They all spoke in tongues and prophesied. Jesus said to the disciples in Acts 1, You shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me… When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, He comes upon you. Keep seeking the Lord until He pours His Spirit out upon you. You can’t do any good without Him. He will minister and speak His Words through you, as you yield to Him, and they will be life to those who can receive them. Second, seek the Lord until you know His calling for sure in your life. If He never called you to preach His Word, then repent and seek Him and be willing to do whatever good work He has for you. He has a work for you.  Humble yourself and be willing to do what you consider to be a small thing, and be faithful in it, and you may find out that it isn’t so small after all.  If you are called to speak in His name; to feed His sheep, then seek the Lord until He sends you. Wait for Him to send you. Keep doing what is at hand until then. God will check you out with money. Are you faithful with money? Can you obey God with $500? Jesus said, If you have not been faithful with the unrighteous mammon (money), who will entrust to you the true riches? Be willing to go wherever He sends you and speak whatever words He gives you. Be willing to suffer for His name’s sake. If you go in the truth you will suffer, but if you remain faithful, you will be rewarded. You will have gold, silver and precious stones: works that will survive the test of fire. All our works will be tried by fire. If you say, “No! I will go now where I believe I should go. God is with me”, and you’re in the flesh, relying on your own understanding, you can go, and you can build, but unless the Lord builds the house, your labor will be in vain, and you will watch in shame as your pile of wood, hay, and stubble is consumed in the fire.

If you will do this: if you will wait on the Lord until He sends you, and wait on Him to receive His Words by the Holy Spirit, and then be faithful to speak them by the Spirit with all boldness, preaching the Word, reproving, rebuking, exhorting, with all longsuffering and doctrine, then He will bear witness to His Words in your mouth by the manifestation of His Spirit, with signs, wonders, miracles, and various gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to your faith, as He wills. He will confirm His Words that you have spoken and He will be glorified. Always, always, always give Him glory. All the glory belongs to Him. The Holy Spirit always glorifies Jesus. As soon as you start to receive glory unto yourself, you are in the flesh, and you are headed for destruction. As a minister of the Gospel you must greatly fear God and tremble at His Word to give Him glory. 

What do you want? Do you want to be a famous preacher and have preeminence and glory of men? Do you want big crowds and big money and the things of the world? Or do you want to be a slave of Jesus Christ, like the Apostles of old, laying down your life for Him who laid down His life for you, to wait patiently for His Words and His work that He has for you, to do it faithfully, loving Him and loving His sheep to give them their meat in due season? Will you desire the cheap, fleeting glory of man over the eternal glory and honor of God? If you will choose to honor Him and give yourself to Him, He will test you and try you and find out if you are truly sincere, and then, if you are, if you will meet His conditions, He will honor you according to His will, and if you will remain faithful unto death, you will see His glory. 


Sunday, March 5, 2023

 Our Blessed Hope

Greetings in the name of Jesus! This is Rob Haymes. This is 15 Minutes With Jesus. Wherever two or three are gathered together in My name, Jesus said, there am I in the midst of them. To those of you who can receive it: mercy unto you and peace and love be multiplied. Today we’re going to talk about Our Blessed Hope. Let’s turn to Mat 24:1-4, Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age? And Jesus answered and said to them: Take heed that no one deceives you. I don’t have time to quote all of this, but Jesus went on to describe the different things that were going to happen before the end of the age, and in verses 29-35, He said, Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When it’s branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 

So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. Verses 40-44, Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. Watch! Keep awake! Stay vigilant! We’re talking about Our Blessed Hope: the blessed hope of Jesus’ returning. He’s coming in the clouds. Amen. Thank you Lord. 

Let’s go to Col 1:21-23, And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel; what is the hope of the Gospel?: the blessed hope; which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. Tit 2:11-14, For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Amen. Jesus is purifying for Himself His own special people, Amen, and our blessed hope is that He will be coming in the clouds, and we will see Him; that we will be raised incorruptible and carried by the angels to meet Him in the air, and thus shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 John 3:1-3, Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure: our blessed hope: we shall be like Him. Let’s turn to 

1 Th 4:13-18, But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. Verse 13…. lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. We have this hope! 

Jesus is coming in the clouds, Amen! 

1 Cor 15:50-58, Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory! Oh death, where is your sting? Oh grave, where is your victory! The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  

In verses 42-44 of the same chapter we read, So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 

Let’s go to Jude 1:20&21, But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Keep yourselves in the love of God, praying in the Holy Spirit. In Mat 24, Jesus said that because iniquity shall abound in the last days, most people’s love will grow cold, but he that endures to the end shall be saved: he that shall keep himself, or herself, in the love of God until the end, praying in the Holy Spirit; building ourselves up on our most holy faith; continuing in the Word of God, (faith comes by hearing the Word of God), yielding to God; denying ourselves and taking up our cross, (whatever suffering He has ordained for us to purify us), dying daily to our fleshly desires and ambitions and yielding to the Holy Spirit to be led by Him to do our Father’s will; looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 

Let’s turn to Php 3. In chapter 3 the Apostle Paul listed his accomplishments in the flesh. In verses 7-14, he said, But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Verses 10&11, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, (whatever it takes), I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the Earth. We have to follow Paul’s exhortation and example in Php 3 if we are going to attain to the first resurrection. We have to press on: to count all things that we have achieved as nothing; as loss, that we may gain Christ. Paul said, in Gal 6:14, But God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. If we have this hope in us, we should be purifying ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and spirit. Don’t think that you can live in the flesh, pursuing the desires of your flesh and mind, and make it. There is a price to pay. You say, “Jesus paid the price!” Yes, Jesus paid it all, but you must meet His conditions to receive His promise. And you can, if you are willing. But if you love yourself and your pleasures; if you love this present world, you won’t make it. Php 3:20&21, For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  (If you are eagerly waiting, you will be getting ready to meet Him: putting on your best clothes, so to speak, and purifying yourself as He is pure, because you want Him to receive you), who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Php 4:1, Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. Rev 1:7&8,  Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. 

Now let’s pray together:

Give us this hope, oh Lord God, and give us grace oh Lord, to purify ourselves as we eagerly wait for our Savior Jesus Christ. The work that you have begun in us Lord: complete it unto that day, that we may be found worthy to attain to that first resurrection; that we may meet you in the clouds and not be ashamed before you; that we may see your face, and that we may be with you and the Father and all the blessed saints of God forever in your glory, Amen. 

Interpretation of a message in tongues:

I am coming, says the Lord. I am coming in the clouds with great glory; with all the Heavenly angels and all the host of Heaven, and all My saints are coming with Me, says the Lord. Are you getting ready?! Are you ready to meet Me? I’m coming, says the Lord Jesus: your Lord; your Savior. Get ready My children! Be prepared to meet Me! Be looking; be waiting for Me, for I am coming, says the Lord!